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Thought for the Day – 10 January – St Léonie Aviat

Thought for the Day – 10 January – 4th day after Epiphany and The Memorial of St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat (1844-1914) the co-founder of the Oblate Sisters of St Francis de Sales

St Pope John Paul on the Canonisation of St Léonie – 25 November 2001

“The loving plan of the Father “who has made us enter the kingdom of his beloved Son” found a splendid realisation in St Léonie Frances de Sales Aviat, who lived her self-offering to the end.

At the heart of her dedication and of her apostolate, Sister Léonie put prayer and union with God, where she found the light and the energy to overcome trials and difficulties and to persevere to the end of her life in the life of faith, desiring to be led by the Lord – “O my God, let my happiness be found in sacrificing my will and my desires for you!”   The resolution which distinguished Mother Aviat so well, “Forget oneself completely“, is also for us an appeal to go against the current of egotism and easy pleasures and open ourselves to the social and spiritual needs of our time.

Dear Oblate Sisters of St Francis-de-Sales, at the school of your foundress, in profound communion with the Church and wherever God has placed you, be determined to receive the present graces and to benefit from them, for it is in God that we find the light and the help necessary in every circumstance!

Trusting in the powerful intercession of the new saint, accept with joy the invitation to live, with renewed fidelity, the intuitions which she so perfectly lived.”

“O my God, let my happiness be found in sacrificing my will and my desires for you!”

St Léonie Aviat, Pray for Us!st leonie aviat opray for us no 2 10 jan 2019


Quote/s of the Day – 10 January – St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat OSFS (1844-1914)

Quote/s of the Day – 10 January – 4th day after Epiphany and The Memorial of St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat OSFS (1844-1914)

“Let us work for the happiness of others.”

let us work for the happiness of others st leonie aviat 10 jan 2019.jpg

“Go often to rest your heart
near the tabernacle;
you will find there,
the necessary strength
and graces
to go more surely
along the path of fidelity.”go often to rest your heart near the tabernacle - st leonie aviat no 1 - 10 jan 2019.jpg

“God does not try us beyond our strength.
When He sends difficulty,
He adds the means of overcoming it.”god does not try us - st leonie - 10 jan 2019.jpg

“Our good Jesus always puts grace,
where He puts a sacrifice.”

“Our good Master never lets Himself
be outdone in generosity.
He gives back one hundredfold
what we sacrifice to Him.”our good Jesus, our good master - st leonie aviat - 10 jan 2019.jpg

“When we work for God, nothing is small!”when we work for god nothing is small st leonie aviat 10 jan 2019.jpg

“I formed the habit
of never approaching anyone
without casting a glance at our Lord.
Try my little method –
I can assure you it is a good one.”I formed the habit of never approaching st leonie aviat 10 jan 2019.jpg

“Pray to your good angels;
use them as messengers
in your little joys and sufferings.”pray to your good angels - st leonie aviat - 10 jan 2019.jpg

“Continue to entrust everything to God,
absolutely everything you have to do,
so that He may teach you more and more,
the happiness of living,
in union with Him.”

St Léonie Aviat (1844-1914)continue to entrust everything to god - st leonie aviat 10 jan 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 10 January – 4th day after Epiphany:  Gospel Luke 4:14–22

One Minute Reflection – 10 January – 4th day after Epiphany:  Gospel  Luke 4:14–22 and The Memorial of St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat (1844-1914)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed...” Luke 4:18the spirit of the lord - luke 4 18-10 jan 2019

REFLECTION – “Evangelising the poor – this is Jesus’ mission.   According to what He says, this is also the mission of the Church and of every person baptised in the Church. Being a Christian is the same thing as being a missionary.   Proclaiming the Gospel with one’s word and even before, with one’s life, is the primary aim of the Christian community and of each of its members.  It is noted here that Jesus addresses the Good News to all, excluding no one, indeed favouring those who are distant, suffering sick, cast out by society.”...Pope Francis – Angelus, 24 January 2016being a christian is the same thing - pope francis - 10 jan 2019

PRAYER – Through Your Son, Lord God, You shed Your eternal light on all mankind.   You gave us our mission, You taught us our way.   Grant us the grace to acknowledge the full splendour of our Redeemer, so that, in His steps, we may grow from strength to strength in evangelising all.   Fill us with Your Spirit to enlighten and guide us.   May the intercession of St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat, who followed our Saviour and imitated Him, help us in our mission.   Through our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, God forever, leonie aviat pray for us 10 jan 2019

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Our Morning Offering – 10 January – The Memorial of St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat

Our Morning Offering – 10 January – 4th day after Epiphany and The Memorial of St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat (1844-1914) the co-founder of the Oblate Sisters of St Francis de Sales

You will not Refuse me Alms (The Little Beggar of Jesus’ Heart)
By St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat (1844-1914)

O my God,
alms are given to the poor,
see my misery and have pity on me.
I cannot be the most innocent,
the most faithful,
the most loving soul of Your divine Heart, O Jesus.
Well, then,
I will be the little beggar of Jesus’ Heart.
You will not refuse me alms.
Amenyou will not refuse me alms - st leonie aviat 10 jan 2019

Lord I am Yours
By St Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Doctor of the Church

Lord, I am Yours,
and I must belong to no one but You.
My soul is Yours,
and must live only by You.
My will is Yours,
and must love only for You.
I must love You as my first cause,
since I am from You.
I must love You as my end and rest,
since I am for You.
I must love You more than my own being,
since my being subsists by You.
I must love You more than myself,
since I am all Yours and all in You.
Amenlord, i am yours by st francis de sales - 28 july 2018

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Saint of the Day – 10 January – St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat (1844-1914)

Saint of the Day – 10 January – St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat (1844-1914) was a professed religious and the co-founder of the Oblate Sisters of St Francis de Sales alongside Blessed Louis Brisson (1817–1908), Teacher, Apostle of Eucharistic Adoration, Prayer and Charity.  Born in Sézanne, France on 16 September 1844 and died on 10 January 1914 (aged 69) in Perugia, Italy, she was baptised on 17 September in the local parish church.    Patronages – Oblate Sisters of St Francis de Sales, Marne, Aube, Sézanne, leonie aviat

Léonie Aviat was born in Sézanne, in the region of Champagne (France) on 16 September 1844.   She attended school at the Monastery of the Visitation in the city of Troyes, where Mother Marie de Sales Chappuis, the superior and Father Louis Brisson, the chaplain, exerted a decisive influence on her.   Having thus been formed at the school of St Francis de Sales, she prepared herself for the mission with which she was to be entrusted – the foundation of a Congregation committed to the Salesian spirituality and to the evangelisation of young workers.santa_francesca_salesia-leonia_aviat-a

The beginnings came in the year 1866.   This was the time when large industrial concerns were attracting an underpaid labour force to the cities.   This was also the case in the city of Troyes, where textile mills engaged young girls of rural extraction.   Father Brisson, a zealous apostle and already one of the forerunners of the great social movement that developed at the end of the 19th century, had opened a centre, in 1858, to welcome young girls working in the textile mills in order to give them a complete education, both human and Christian.   Unable to find a suitable directress and a stable supervisory staff for this centre, known as the “Workers of Saint-François de Sales”, with God’s inspiration, he decided to establish a religious congregation.   He found in Léonie Aviat an incomparable co-worker, in whom he discerned a vocation to the consecrated life as well.   Indeed, upon completing her studies, the young lady left the Visitation monastery with the firm intention of returning to it as a lay Sister.   But Father Brisson and Mother Chappuis advised her to wait.   Obedient to what she regarded as God’s will, she received a special sign from Him a little later, one that couldn’t be mistaken for an illusion – obliged to go to the factory, where glasses were manufactured and repaired, in Sézanne, her native city, an inspiration enlightened her mind and guided her decision.   The sight of the workroom filled with young factory workers busily engaged in their work beneath the watchful and maternal gaze of a supervisor aroused in her heart the desire to take her place among them in order to counsel and guide them.   This attraction would press her even more strongly the day that Father Brisson invited her to visit the “Workers of Saint-François de Sales” which he had founded in Troyes.

On 18 April 1866, she joined the “Oeuvre (Workers of) Saint-François de Sales”, with one of her former classmates of the Visitation, Lucie

On 30 October 1868, the young foundress was clothed with the religious habit and received the name of Sister Françoise de Sales.   This name was a sign indicating what would be her life’s work, as she herself expressed it in the form of a prayer in her personal notes:  “St Francis de Sales, you have chosen me to be at the head of this little group;  give me your spirit, your heart…  Grant me a share of your union with God and of that interior spirit which knows how to do everything in union with Him and nothing without Him” (August, 1871).   The “little group” which she guided placed itself under the protection of the saintly Bishop of Geneva and completely adopted his method of spirituality and of pedagogy, hence, the name that it chose for itself – the “Oblate Sisters of St Francis de Sales”, which means offered to God and to the neighbour by means of their whole life.

On 11 October 1871, Sister Françoise de Sales professed her vows and the following year, she was elected Superior General of the new Congregation which was thus canonically established and able to expand rapidly.   Under her guidance, the community grew in numbers and the social apostolate developed.   At the same time, grade schools were opened in parishes and in Paris the first boarding school for young ladies was also opened, an establishment which Mother Aviat directed for eight years.   The apostolate of the Oblate Sisters thus extended to the different classes of society and to all forms of education and, from the very first years of its foundation, to the missions to the nations, as well.santa_leonie_aviat

In 1893, after a period of effacement which brought to light her humility, Mother Françoise de Sales was again elected Superior General, an office she held until her death. During this time, she endeavoured to develop the apostolate of the Congregation in Europe, South Africa and Ecuador, while lavishing her untiring solicitude on every community and on each of her Sisters.   In 1903, she had to cope with the persecution directed against religious orders in France.   While maintaining the houses of her Congregation that could be maintained in France, she transferred the Mother House to Perugia, Italy.   In 1911, she secured the final approbation of the Constitutions of the Institute from Pope St Pius X.Mother_Françoise_de_Sales_Aviat (1).jpg

On 10 January 1914, she died in Perugia with serenity, totally entrusting herself to God. To the very end, she remained faithful to the resolution made at the time of her Profession:  “To forget myself entirely”.   To her daughters in every age, she left this very Salesian precept:  “Let us work for the happiness of others”.snip st leonia aviat

The beatification miracle came from Cape Town in South Africa and concerned the January 1976 healing of Vincent Kesner who was a child stricken with cancer that had been deemed incurable.   The canonisation miracle concerned the cure of Bernadette McKenzie (aged fourteen) from Philadelphia in the United States of America from paralysing spinal disease.

Léonie was Beatified on 27 September 1992, at St Peter’s and Canonised on 25 November 2001, also at St Peter’s and on both occasions by St Pope John Paul II.- good lg image of st francisca_de_sale_aviat_leonia_-_10_de_enero.jpgstleonie

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Memorials of the Saints -10 January

St Aldo of Carbonari
St Pope Agatho
Bl Anna of the Angels Monteagudo
St Arcontius of Viviers
Bl Benincasa of Cava
St Dermot of Inis Clothrann
St Domitian of Melitene
Bl Pope Gregory X
Bl Giles of Lorenzana
St Léonie Aviat/Françoise de Sales OSFS (1844-1914)
St Marcian of Constantinople
Bl Maria Dolores Rodríguez Sopeña y Ortega
St Maurilius of Cahors
St Nicanor of Cyprus
St Paul the Hermit
St Peter Orseolo O.S.B. Cam. (928–987)

About St Peter –

St Petronius of Die
Bl Raymond de Fosso
St Saethryth of Faremoutier
St Thecla of Lentini
St Thomian of Armagh
St Valerius of Limoges
St William of Bourges